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Aug. 22, 2011

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The Vanderbilt defense forced five turnovers and limited their offensive counterparts to just a pair of touchdowns in the Commodores' 99-play scrimmage inside Vanderbilt Stadium Saturday evening. "I thought the defensive really played well and flew around," head coach James Franklin said. "At the same time, they had an advantage because we didn't go live."

Scooters are the ride of choice for 12 Commodore football players. "Everybody knows the scooters guys," Fitz Lassing said. "We're kind of a big deal around here. Everyone is a little jealous. They try to make fun of you ... but deep down, you can tell that they're jealous."

Vice Chancellor David Williams told The City Paper that you run the risk of taking out the collegiate part of sports by forming super conferences. David Boclair adds that Vanderbilt needs to prove it can win now with speculation of expansion.

James Franklin assisted with moving Vanderbilt first-year students into dorms Saturday morning. "We're just getting out and trying to help the freshmen," Franklin said. "We're going to need their help during the season, and they need our help right now, so we're here to help them."

Casey Hayward and Jordan Matthews will be counted on to make plays for the Commodores this season. The duo talks about what drives them to succeed and their daily battles on the practice turf.

The Commodore soccer team scored off an own goal in the 84th minute to defeat Furman 1-0 Sunday. Head coach Derek Greene recapped the Dores' season-opening performance in his postgame interview with Chris Weinman.

Additional Commodore News

Football: Vanderbilt coach takes team bowling (The Tennessean)

Football: Franklin grilled by reporter (

Men's Basketball: Jenkins scores 17 in USA loss (

Video of the Day

Coach Franklin decided to mix things up during Friday's team meeting. Instead of going through with plans for an evening practice, he surprised his squad with a trip to a local bowling alley.

Watch how the whole thing went down here. Two notes: first, you'll see what happens when the enemy enters Commodore territory. Also, you won't want to miss the ending after the credits.

Photos of the Day

1. Coach Franklin took time out of his busy schedule to help freshmen students move into The Commons. For video, click here. (Photo Credit: John Russell)

2. The Vanderbilt soccer team benefited from Furman's own goal to defeat the Paladins 1-0. View Steve Green's photo gallery.

3. Judy Wallace submitted this photo of her Black and Gold kitty named Dore on our Facebook fan page. If you have Commodore fan photos, remember to share them with us.

Song of the Day

‪Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge‬



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